Upcoming Webinars:


Date:  November 4, 2020 from 1PM - 2:30PM Central Time

Title:  PERMA, The Other 5 Letter Acronym:  An Introduction to Positive Psychology

Session Description:  The world is full of sadness, loneliness and anxiety related to COVID. This presentation will focus on a much brighter topic, Positive Psychology. The Positive Psychology movement was founded by Martin Seligman in 1998. In contrast with mainstream psychology which has been dominated with a focus on mental illness, maladaptive behavior, and negative thought patterns, Positive Psychology is focused on “the good life” and the factors that promote well-being. The session will focus on key domains that are relevant to well-being as identified by Seligman in his 2011 book, Flourish. These areas include: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Meaning, Relationships, and Accomplishment (Perma). Contemporary researchers have also emphasized the importance of lifestyle habits related to physical health. The session will provide an overview of Positive Psychology and will provide examples of Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs) that may be useful to both staff members and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Speaker Bio:  Thane Dykstra is the President and CEO of Trinity Services, Inc. He joined the organization in 1995 and served as Clinical Director and Director of Trinity’s Behavioral Health program.

Thane has written numerous professional publications related to his field of study, and he has presented extensively at national conferences and invited trainings. His current professional interests include contextual-behavioral therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is especially interested in applying these models in work with persons who exhibit challenging behavior. Thane’s interests also include the assessment of risk for persons with intellectual disabilities. Most recently, Thane has been involved in integrating Positive Psychology into person centered planning and recently co-authored a book with Art Dykstra entitled: A New Plan – Using Positive Psychology to Renew the Promise of Person Centered Planning.

Thane holds a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, he completed a pre-doctoral internship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While at Brown, he served as an assistant project coordinator at the university's Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies.

Within Illinois state agencies, Thane has served on steering committees and work groups for the Department of Human Services (DHS)–both the Division of Mental Health and the Division of Developmental Disabilities–and the Department of Children and Family Services. He was appointed by the Governor to the state’s Quality Care Board, an advisory committee for the DHS Office of the Inspector General. Thane is a past president of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis.

Thane lives in Chicago's south suburbs. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, geocaching, fishing and disc golf. Thane was formerly an avid runner and completed several marathons.

Cost:

Member: $20.00

Non-Member: $25.00

CEUs:  We are pleased to inform you that 1.5 continuing education hour(s) (CEs) are approved for the above training event for the following licensed professionals: • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor • Licensed Clinical Social Worker • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator • Licensed Professional Counselor • Licensed Social Worker • Registered Nurse, and Licensed Practical Nurse & Advanced Practice Nurse.  Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) may apply the same hours of continuing education units earned from this conference toward their twelve hour annual continuing education requirement.

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Date:  November 19, 2020 from 1PM - 2PM CST

Title:  Empowering Abilities through Technology with Low Cost Assistive Technology Solutions

Session Description:  Assistive technology is all around us and many of these tools available for little or no cost.  This session will explore such assistive technologies commonly used at Donka, Inc. - a non-profit organization located in Wheaton, IL - that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with disabilities.  These tools enable users to complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently in a variety of settings - from home to work to the community.   

Speaker Bio:  Sam Moore is Donka’s Program Manager.   Donka is a non-profit organization located in Wheaton, IL, that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with disabilities.  She has a Microcomputer Specialist Degree with an emphasis in Microsoft Office and programming.  Sam has a passion for working with technology and individuals with disabilities. 

Cost:

Member: $20.00

Non-Member: $25.00

CEUs:  We are pleased to inform you that 1 continuing education hour(s) (CEs) are approved for the above training event for the following licensed professionals: • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, • Licensed Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant, • Licensed Physical Therapist & Physical Therapy Assistant, • Licensed Social Worker, • Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse & Advanced Practice Nurse.  Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) may apply the same hours of continuing education units earned from this conference toward their twelve hour annual continuing education requirement.

Funding provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab. 

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Date:  This is a two-part webinar to be held on December 9, 2020 from 1PM – 2:30PM Central Time and on December 16, 2020 from 1PM – 2:30PM Central Time. 

Title:  Medication Updates 2020 Part 1 & 2

Session Description (Part 1): This session reviews the process of getting a drug to market by a pharmaceutical company and the requirements imposed by the FDA for such. It continues with several disease states and the medications developed in the last year to address some of the ongoing needs of patients, especially individuals with I/DD. The disease states and new drugs discussed are Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Depression.

Session Description (Part 2):  This session continues with a discussion of disease states affecting the individual with I/DD and new drugs developed over the past year. The following topics are reviewed: Insomnia, Schizophrenia, Hypertension and Seizure Disorder. Lastly what is on the horizon for development is reviewed.

Speaker Bio:  Nanette is a pharmacist educator who has done training, education and speaking for physicians, nurses and other health professionals for many years. She focuses on clinical health and medication education in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Medication management, drug safety, treatment assessments, new drugs on the market and disease states are some of the many topics she has discussed for organizations all over the country. She has produced a national newsletter reaching thousands of health professionals and is widely sought after to present health education webinars on a variety of subjects impacting those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
She is one of the clinical resources for a national pharmacy, Tarrytown Expocare,specializing in providing medications and medication management to facilities across the United States who care for individuals with I/DD. She is skilled at facilitating health promotion and disease prevention by utilizing public talks and training seminars to increase understanding of medication usage, dosing, potential side effects and drug interactions in this disease state for nursing, physician and health care workers.  Nanette has spoken for drug companies for the past 16 years as a professional
medication educational speaker on a variety of subjects including seizure disorder, psychotropic medications, Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory illnesses and osteoporosis as a few examples.
 
She has been nationally recognized by a number of organizations including the National Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association and the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by winning awards for her speaking commitments.

Cost:

Member: $30.00

Non-Member: $25.00

CEUs:  We will be offering CEUs for this event.  

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